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[WSG] longdesc use case examples in the wild

2010-08-27 Thread Laura Carlson
Hello Everyone,

The W3C HTML 5 Working Group Chairs have decided to drop the longdesc
attribute from the HTML specification after a poll on the issue [1]
[2].

The Chairs' Decision states that:

QUOTE

This issue can be reopened if new information comes up. Examples of
possible relevant new information include:

* use cases that specifically require longdesc,
* evidence that correct usage is growing rapidly and that that growth
is expected to continue, or
* widespread interoperable implementation.

UNQUOTE

I have been collecting examples of Longdesc Examples in the Wild. [3]

Any examples or input would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Laura

[1] HTML5 Working Group Decision on ISSUE-30 longdesc
By Sam Ruby, Maciej Stachowiak, and Paul Cotton
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Aug/att-0112/issue-30-decision.html

[2] ISSUE-30: include a longdesc attribute for images - Straw Poll for
Objections
http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/40318/issue-30-objection-poll/results

[3] 
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/LongdescRetention#Examples_with_No_Visual_Link_Text_Clutter

Related References:

Notice of Impending Formal Objection to HTML5 Issue 30 Decision (@longdesc)
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Aug/0027.html

Longdesc is Dead! Long Live Longdesc!
http://www.cfit.ie/news-and-commentary-archive/525-longdesc-rip

Strategic Decisions in a Strategy-less Environment
http://burningbird.net/node/118

Podcast #83: Fate of Longdesc in HTML5
http://webaxe.blogspot.com/2010/08/podcast-83-fate-of-longdesc-in-html5.html

Alone in the Pitch Black Dark
http://www.cssquirrel.com/2010/08/16/comic-update-alone-in-the-pitch-black-dark/

No longdesc Attribute in HTML5
http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/201008/no_longdesc_attribute_in_html5/

How do we save longdesc?
http://rebuildingtheweb.com/en/how-do-we-save-longdesc/

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[WSG] Invitation: Turn Government Web Data into Action

2009-04-26 Thread Laura Skelley
You are invited to attend Webtrends' government seminar  'Turn Web Data
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Time: 10am- 12pm Followed by lunch and networking 

 

Webtrends would like to invite you to a complimentary seminar for
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realise the full value of its web data and will be presented by industry
experts and government colleagues. Presentations and tutorials include:

 

*   Managing the Data: Security in a hosted environment and an
insight to how the White House employed sophisticated data-mining
techniques during the Obama presidential campaign 
*   Web analytics segmentation -how to use advanced reporting to
understand the relationship between you and your users. 
*   Australian government case studies: How the ABC and the State
Library of New South Wales are putting web analytics best practice into
action 

 

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[WSG] Alt Atrribute Survey via Twitter

2009-01-25 Thread Laura Carlson
Should the alt attribute be required for the img element in HTML5? Why or 
why not? Gez Lemon is conducting a twitter survey/taking comments for a 
W3C WAI position paper. He wants to be sure to consider all sides of the 
debate and is interested in hearing opinions. If you are a twitter user 
and would like to respond please use the hashtag #althtml5 .

http://twitter.com/gezlemon/status/1139666244
Background info:
http://esw.w3.org/topic/HTML/IssueAltAttribute
Realtime comments:
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=althtml5

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[WSG] Re: ARIA

2008-08-10 Thread Laura Carlson

What about browsers that don't support ARIA markup?


Graceful degradation (if the page is well written).


Or progressive enhancement.

Some references:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/javascript#access

A good intro to WAI ARIA by Gez Lemon:
http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/introduction-to-wai-aria/

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[WSG] Re: ARIA

2008-08-10 Thread Laura Carlson

Progressive enhancement and accessibility. Hmmm. I am not sure about
this


There's a slight difference between progressive enhancement techniques 
and graceful degradation. Graceful degradation, tends to be that you 
try to do everything with the scripting and fall back if you can, 
whereas progressive enhancement means that you start just assuming that 
scripting is not available and add. It is geared towards the lowest 
common denominator.


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[WSG] HTML5 fiist working draft

2008-01-22 Thread Laura Carlson

The first working draft of HTML5 has been published at:
http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/

...to make comments regarding this document, please send them to 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] feedback is welcome...The publication 
of this document by the W3C as a W3C Working Draft does not imply that 
all of the participants in the W3C HTML working group endorse the 
contents of the specification...


Public review and comments from outside the Working Group are needed, 
especially in regard to accessibility features being dropped or 
changed.


Differences Between HTML5 and HTML4 has also been published at:
http://www.w3.org/TR/html5-diff/

The comments archive is at:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-comments/

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[WSG] Will HTML5 be a purely presentational language?

2007-04-27 Thread Laura Carlson
The following may be of interest to web standards folk who haven't been 
keeping up with the HTML Working Group and where HTML5 is headed:


On 4/26/07, Ian Hickson [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote [1]:


There are people strongly arguing
that HTML should be a purely presentational language, much, much more
presentational than the proposed WHATWG draft. In fact, unless someone
argues against it, it's likely that the W3C spec will be even less
semantic and more presentational than the WHATWG draft. So if you
think the WHATWG draft is already too presentational, I really
encourage you to make your opinion known in the HTML working group.


The official instructions for joining the HTML Working Group are at:
http://www.w3.org/2004/01/pp-impl/40318/instructions

Ian Hickson has some clearer instructions at:
http://ln.hixie.ch/?start=1173385976count=1

Laura

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2007Apr/0171.html

Related References:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2007Apr/0168.html
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/

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Re: [WSG] Target sued over non-accessible site

2006-02-10 Thread Laura
In the store itself they wouldn't see any better but would still pick out shirts, pants, etc. It is the alt tags that make the difference for their software to read a site. Without the alt tags the software doesn't tell them if it's a shirt or a wheelbarrow. 
LauraOn 2/9/06, Leslie Riggs [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 The only thing I don't understand is how on earth does a blind person pick out items that rely on a photograph (clothes etc)... If you go to Target's home page, you will find, in the left column
 what appear to be headlines describing sale and special items. They are images - and there is no Alt text. Blind people do shop :-).There are varying degrees of blindness, too, so someone looking at one
of those images may go, Oh, wait, is that a red jumper or a parka?Alt text can help in that respect, if the user has a good text-to-speechtool installed.-- 
http://www.thatgrrl.cahttp://www.thatgrrl.ca/blog The Internet Unplugged 


[WSG] Re: Setting Up Font Sizes

2005-12-21 Thread Laura Carlson

body { font-size: small; }


Such a rule is saying, in effect, the content on this page should be 
one size smaller than the user's comfortable reading size. Small font 
sizes for main body text is user-hostile. (The converse rarely seems to 
exist; it's unusual to find a site that is too big, although I suppose 
some must exist.


Smaller fonts for navigation purposes, may be appropriate. Navigation 
bars are read differently, and are often set off visually (through 
columns, whitespace, etc.) that allow them to be read easily even when 
one size category smaller than normal. Footers and 'small print' are 
also appropriate for smaller font sizes.


But main content in small text? I wouldn't advise it.

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[WSG] Re: University textbook or other resources?

2005-11-25 Thread Laura Carlson

I've been asked if there are useful university-focused
textbooks or other resources suitable for teaching
accessible web design.


As Lloyd and Matthew mentioned Joe Clark's Building Accessible 
Websites, New Riders Publishing, 2002 is well worth considering.


I have been using it for the web accessibility classes that I teach. 
The Clark book does not assume the reader understands the basics of web 
accessibility. I specifically chose it because of that and because it 
goes beyond simply repeating the party line from the World Wide Web 
Consortium (W3C) or Section 508. That is one of the purposes of the 
classes - to not just read the specifications, but actively engage 
them. Challenge, dissect, understand, and learn what makes the most 
sense. Also Joe put the whole book online[1] so if students don't want 
to purchase it for the class they don't have too.  However, the soft 
cover version of the online book has screen shots and images. The 
online version does not.


The Web Design Reference [2] is a huge online mega-reference (over 
3,000 links) of information and articles about web design and 
development that you might find useful. It has a full section on books 
[3] as well as online resources (accessibility, CSS, usability, web 
standards, and many related topics are covered).


You might also find the Web Design Update Newsletter [4] helpful. It is 
a plain text email digest that typically goes out once a week as an 
adjunct to the site.


All the Best,
Laura

[1] http://joeclark.org/book/sashay/serialization/
[2] http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/webdesign/
[3] http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/books#access
[4] http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/webdevlist

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[WSG] Re: Complex form - markup help?

2005-10-21 Thread Laura Carlson

On 10/20/05, Christian Montoya [email hidden] wrote:


It looks like a data table to me. If you didn't use a table, you would
probably use lists, which might be more confusing.


I've had advise from [EMAIL PROTECTED] against using data table markup 
for forms because screen readers often have different modes for the 
navigation of tables and the navigation of forms. And if you provide 
information in a mix of data table markup and form markup, users may 
miss one or the other. See:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2005JulSep/0196.html

So if you do use a table to layout your form, you might want to 
consider it a layout table and not use structural data table markup. In 
this case, the content is generally considered part of a form, not a 
table. Form elements already provide ways for explicitly associating 
labels with inputs and legends with fieldsets. So, you do not need 
structural table elements and attributes in order to mark-up the 
relationship. Just be sure the layout table makes sense when linearized.


So my take is...

- The way you choose to go (layout table or CSS) depends upon your CSS 
knowledge. CSS layouts are becoming more popular, they are more 
standards compliment. Cameron Adams has a good CSS form examples, 
Accessible, stylish form layout templates [1].  Derek Featherstone 
also has some other good CSS form techniques at Simply Accessible[2]. 
However, some designers/developers revert back to tables when it comes 
to laying out a form because of the complexities involved.


- The way you choose to go might also depend upon your knowledge of 
your audience (that is what software they'll be using to access a page) 
and the amount of cross-browser compatibility you want to accomplish.


Some More References:

CSS Forms
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/css#forms

Forms Accessibility
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility#forms

Forms Usability
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/usability#forms

Laura

[1] http://www.themaninblue.com/writing/perspective/2004/03/24/
[2] http://simplyaccessible.org/
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Re: [WSG] Click here--reference

2005-09-21 Thread Laura Carlson
Does anyone know a rule I can point to (and send my client to read) re 
accessibility and click here?


Some References:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/navigation#clickhere

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Re: [WSG] HR - Presentation or Structure?

2005-07-12 Thread Laura Carlson

The web was built as a means to disseminate information.


Patrick is correct.

The web is not a visual medium. Some marketers, graphic artists and 
designers may be shocked to learn that.


The web is an information medium. One way in which that information is 
conveyed is visually, to user agents (web browsers).


But that's not the only way. HTML is designed with a specific structure 
that allows for semantic meaning and content to be conveyed independent 
of a particular means of representation. In other words, HTML can be 
interpreted in terms of visual display and appearance - but it doesn't 
have to be.


When designers began designing only visual web pages during the 
browser wars as Patrick mentioned, they began to miss the boat 
skipping a lot of the true power of HTML, as it allows for far more 
than simply laying out pretty images and colors next to each other.


Many web authors have had skewed mind sets in this respect, and only 
built visual web pages. Don't get me wrong, nothing is wrong with 
having a great visual representation. But be careful not to confuse the 
display of a web page with the actual page itself.


This impacts visually impaired people. If your page is designed to be 
simply a visual object, you'll lose this audience (and any number of 
other non-visual browser agents), but if your page is structured around 
sound principles of semantic markup and intelligent presentation, it 
should be as usable for someone completely blind as for someone with 
perfect vision.


Of course, users with visual impairments are not the only people with 
special needs that need to be kept in mind. Other disabilities, 
especially motor disabilities but including many others from lack of 
hearing to cognitive disabilities, and likewise have restricted access 
to websites. The goal should be to design in a way that includes 
everyone-that's the power of the web.


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Re: [WSG] HR - Presentation or Structure?

2005-07-12 Thread Laura Carlson

I understand that HTML certainly can be interpreted on other mediums.
You don't think it caters to one medium over another?


Perhaps some web designers concentrate on a particular CSS media type 
[1] more than another. And perhaps on some web sites, sighted, 
dexterous, able-bodied users outnumber users with a disability.


But HTML does not cater to a single media type. That's the beauty. HTML 
and (X)HTML are markup languages, designed for modeling the logical 
structure of information, not its appearance. Cascading Style Sheets 
(CSS) control the visual appearance as well as other display media when 
using structural markup.


The strengths of the web, which makes it unique as a medium of 
communication, is that it isn't limited to a visual-only output. A 
correctly designed web site would communicate effectively aurally as 
well as visually. Accessibility is not only about 'locking someone out' 
- everyone, after all, is a potential user of your site. But it is also 
about backward and forward compatibility, about writing one version of 
a web site (rather than several) that everyone, no matter how old or 
new their Internet device / OS / computer hardware, will be able to 
access in some way or other. Accessible web design is socially 
responsible and equitable web design. It shows that you are committed 
to providing equal access to web-based information to all people.


It does not mean boring, as many will tell you. But there is an 
important point which shouldn't be overlooked. Most visitors to a web 
site are not coming there to look at it. They are coming there to 
accomplish a specific task. Almost invariably a simple interface will 
have high usability and high accessibility at the same time.


What it comes down to is the ability to access information. A complete 
focus on the user (all users) stems from an understanding of why people 
are coming to your web site: Information. Accessibility is the effort 
toward providing equal access to the information to all-regardless of 
the methods they use to access it.


Laura

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/media.html
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Re: [WSG] HR - Presentation or Structure?

2005-07-12 Thread Laura Carlson

Why should sighted people not be allowed to appreciate art online?


Sighted people should be allowed to appreciate art online...and maybe 
not in the same way, but people with a disability should be able to 
appreciate them too.


Some people think that images are bad for accessibility. The truth is 
that they can be of great benefit to the accessibility of a web page by 
providing illustrations, icons, animations, or other visual cues that 
aid comprehension for sighted individuals. Too often we forget that 
when we design for people with disabilities, we are not designing only 
for the blind. We must consider all disabilities types. Images can be 
especially useful to individuals with certain reading disabilities, 
learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, or cognitive 
disabilities. The thing to remember with images is to make them 
accessible.


The single most important thing you can do to make a web page 
accessible is to include alternative text for images with alt 
attributes.


An alt attribute is used to specify alternative text. It is used to 
replace an image. That means that it serves the same function as the 
image.


Users of screenreaders, language translation applications, text 
browsers, or some hand-held devices cannot directly access pictures and 
other graphics. Similarly, some users choose to turn picture loading 
off- especially those with slower dial-in connections. These users rely 
on alt attributes. When you make the decision to add alternative text, 
you include the many people who use talking browsers, screen readers, 
text browsers or browsers on small devices.


Besides the alt attribute you have a few more tools at your disposal 
for images...title and longdesc attributes.  A couple of things to keep 
in mind about these attributes are:


First, in degree of descriptiveness title is in between alt and 
longdesc. It adds useful information and can add flavor.


Second, the longdesc attribute points to the URL of a full description 
of an image. If the information contained in an image is important to 
the meaning of the page (i.e. some important content would be lost if 
the image was removed like in online art), a longer description than 
the alt attribute can reasonably display should be used. It can 
provide for rich, expressive documentation of a visual image. It should 
be used when alt and title are insufficient to embody the visual 
qualities of an image. As Joe Clark states in his book [1], A longdesc 
is a long description of an image...The aim is to use any length of 
description necessary to impart the details of the graphic. It would 
not be remiss to hope that a long description conjures an image - the 
image - in the mind's eye, an analogy that holds true even for the 
totally blind.


Laura

[1] Clark, Joe. Building Accessible Websites, New Riders Publishing, 
2002.

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[WSG] Re: looking for an accessibility reference on why text-only is bad

2005-07-10 Thread Laura Carlson

Does anyone know of a good online article/resource to help me out?


I have some text-only refs linked at:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility#textonly

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[WSG] Re: looking for an accessibility reference on why text-only is bad

2005-06-30 Thread Laura Carlson

Does anyone know of a good online article/resource to help me out?


I have some text-only refs linked at:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility#textonly

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Re: [WSG] name that font

2005-02-23 Thread Laura Gugliermetti
hi, 

looks like Lainie Day SH

http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=lainie_daytext=Imaging

bye

Laura

On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 11:56:44 -0500, David Laakso [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 09:09:30 -0600, Carmelyne Thompson
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  I am not very font savvy but does anyone happen to know what Font is
  this script font on the nav horizontal section of this page by Imaging,
  Print and Interactive. http://www.tukaiz.com/home.htm
 
  I would be eternally grateful.
 
  Thanks.
 See: http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/
 David
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Re: [WSG] background loading issue

2004-12-16 Thread Laura Gugliermetti
Hi, 

For this kind of images jpg works a lot better (keeping that kind of
photographic detail). I used fireworks keeping a good quality and the
file is 50kb.

I can send the file if you want.

bye

Laura


On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 13:19:48 -0600, Charles Martin
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 Chris Kennon wrote:
 
  Any suggestions on bringing the file size down? I've tried interlacing
  the .gif  the current size is the lowest without image degradation.
 
 Just for comparison, I took the image into PaintShopPro (yes, I'm too cheap 
 to own Photoshop right now) and saved the image in JPEG format at 10% 
 compression.  I noticed no image degradation, but the file size dropped from 
 289K to 125K.  (PNG was not much better than GIF in file size).  Dunno if you 
 wanted to go that route, but any large images I use on my site are first 
 saved in both formats to determine the best choice (once in a while, GIF is 
 smaller than JPG).
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[WSG] Re: Standard for text email newsletters

2004-12-08 Thread Laura Carlson
I've been using the TEN format as a navigation aid for screenreaders in 
my Web Design Update Newsletter for over two and a half years now. All 
user feedback has been positive.

Some comments from subscribers regarding what they like about the TEN 
format:

- Attention to accessible-friendliness
- Clearly distinguished separate sections and articles
- Summary of contents at the top of each issue
- Attention to accessibility issues
- Spacing between the heading and articles
- Consistency and clear writing
- Organization and format
- The simplicity
- Easy navigation through each issue
To date I haven't received any negative feedback.
Web designers and developers are invited to join the webdev listserv 
and receive the Web Design Update. For information on how to subscribe 
visit:

http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/webdevlist
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Re: [WSG] Learning to design Accessibility

2004-11-25 Thread Laura Carlson
Is there a resource that's available that
is able to fill the gaps in my knowledge
regarding accessibility?
You might want to try:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility
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Re: [WSG] Superior Tutorials

2004-11-24 Thread Laura Carlson
Does anyone know of any superior tutorial sites for CSS.
You might want to try the list at:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/css
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[WSG] Re: Flyout menu questions

2004-11-08 Thread Laura Carlson
Some references:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/navigation#menus
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Re: [WSG] Colour Scheme aids

2004-11-05 Thread Laura Carlson
Some color tools are listed at:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/tools#color
The following might also be useful...
Color Information:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/color
Color Books:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/books#color
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Re: [WSG] Solutions for testing in speech/text readers

2004-10-23 Thread Laura Carlson
fyi...
Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, the next release of Apple's operating system, will 
have VoiceOver, a full-featured screen reader.

More info:
http://www.apple.com/ca/macosx/tiger/voiceover.html
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Re: [WSG] thoughts of external links in new window?

2004-10-06 Thread Laura Carlson
Regarding external links in new window, like many of you I have the 
usual concerns. Although most users are familiar with the idea of 
closing external windows, some users will be confused. Some people with 
cognitive disabilities fit this description. Also changing the current 
window or popping up new windows can be very disorienting to users who 
cannot see that this has happened.

Most users of assistive technology prefer not having to deal with 
multiple browser windows, especially unannounced ones.  It's a spatial 
orientation issue.  Keeping focus on multiple windows is often 
problematic for people with visual impairments.

Finally, alternative user agents may not support multiple screen 
windows, and/or older machines may experience a performance hit if 
running multiple browser windows.

If a client insists on having a link open in a new window, I would 
suggest explicitly warning the user with a clear indication that the 
page will open in a different window. Also it is a good idea to provide 
a title attribute with a description indicating that the link opens a 
new window.

Some references:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/usability#popups
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Re: [WSG] best way to format Skip Nav link

2004-10-03 Thread Laura Carlson
Some skip nav information that may be useful to you is listed at:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/navigation#skiplinks
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RE: [WSG] accessible audio-visual content

2004-09-09 Thread Laura Carlson
You may find some of this information helpful:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility#multimedia
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Re: [WSG] .pdf files

2004-08-30 Thread Laura Carlson
What is the best practice for .pdf files?
The University of Minnesota has an accessibility standard for PDFs that 
I try to follow.

For PDF documents that cannot be converted to speech output that is 
readable by assistive technologies, and other PDF documents that cannot 
be converted to speech output accurately I convert them to alternate 
formats and provide other info. In order to do this for each PDF 
document I provide:

  1. The information in an alternative accessible format: RTF, HTML, 
or text format.
  2. A link to the appropriate plug-in.
  3. A link to an accessibility plug-in or conversion site.
  4. An alternative means of obtaining the information.
  5. When feasible, information to be down-loaded shall be made 
available in a variety of file types.

For number 1 above if the PDF content is also in a Word file someplace 
convert it to an RTF. If it isn't convert it to HTML at the Acrobat 
accessibility site:
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_simple_form.html

For number 2 and 3 above use something like the following bit of HTML 
for the PDF warning:

pPlease note this is a Portable Document Format (PDF) acrobat file. 
If you do not have Acrobat you can a 
href=http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/main.html;download the 
Arroba viewer/afrom Adobe. This download is for people who do not 
have Acrobat installed on their computers. It allows you to open and 
view a abbr title=portable document formatPDF/abbr file. 
Additional Adobe free tools are available to assist visually impaired 
users at a href=http://access.adobe.com/;access.adobe.com/a. If 
you need further assistance obtaining the information contained in 
these abbr title=portable document formatPDF/abbr files please a 
href=contact.htmlcontact us/a/p

For number 4 post contact info (phone number/email).
For number 5 above *if* a Word document is available post it also.
One of the major problems with PDF concerns accessibility issues 
associated with the document format, but this is only part of the 
problem. Even when users have the technology required to access 
information presented in this format, there can be content elements 
which have not received appropriate treatment to support accessibility 
(like using structural formatting for headings, etc. or text 
equivalents for images).

For more information see the PDF Articles, in the Accessibility Section 
of the Web Design Reference Site:
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility#plugins

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RE: [WSG] access keys and tab index

2004-07-28 Thread Laura Carlson
For those of you that have put together a chart of access keys
for your sitewide navigation, do you have any good suggestions?
From what I have gathered best practice is that IF accesskeys are used:
- Always supply a legend that defines the accesskeys.
- Make sure this legend is on or available from every page on the 
site...perhaps in an accessibility statement.
- Supply title attributes on any accesskeys used.
- Keep the number of accesskeys to a minimum.

I agree with Geoff. Because of the many conflicts, defining accesskeys 
seem to be a waste of time unless you are designing for a controlled 
environment such as an intranet.

In Joe Clark's Book, Building Accessible Websites, New Riders 
Publishing, 2002, he suggests that there are at least 36 characters 
that can be used for accesskey attribute.

However, as pointed out previously, John Foliot and Derek 
Featherstone's unofficial survey/research concluded that there really 
were no useful access keys not already reserved by some application or 
other. When you take internationalization issues into account, it 
becomes pretty much of a hopeless cause.

For more details from John Foliot and Derek Featherstone's study visit:
- Accesskeys and Reserved Keystroke Combinations
http://www.wats.ca/resources/accesskeysandkeystrokes/38
- Using Accesskeys - Is it worth it?
http://www.wats.ca/articles/accesskeys/19
- More reasons why we don't use accesskeys
http://www.wats.ca/articles/accesskeyconflicts/37
Also:
- I Do Not Use Accesskeys by Dave Shea.
http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2003/12/29/i_do_not_use/index.php
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Re: [WSG] Color Blindnesss

2004-03-24 Thread Laura Carlson
Somewhere out there, I lost my link to it in an old HDD crash,
there is a site that allows you to test your site using the various
perceptions people with various types of color blindness suffer from
- it was actually quite handy. But there is other sites out there now
that atleast let you choose or test the color schemes - though not as
useful as the site reader.
These might be helpful:

http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/tools#color
http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/color
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[WSG] Re: Accessibility: Accesskeys

2004-03-12 Thread Laura Carlson

I have collected some information about Accesskeys, thought I share.
Here are some more:

http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility#accesskey

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